Twere better far That gods should quaff their nectar merrily, And men sing out the day like grasshoppers, So may they haply lull the watchful thunder.
Young souls, in such pleasant delirium as hers, are as unsympathetic as butterflies sipping nectar.1859 Of Hetty. Adam Bede, ch.9.
Success is counted sweetest By those who ne'er succeed. To comprehend a nectar Requires a sorest need. Not one of all the purple Host Who took the Flag today Can tell the definition So clear of Victory As he defeated dying On whose forbidden ear The distant strains of triumph Burst agonized and clear!67: Success is counted sweetest
England has to fulfill a double mission in India: one destructive, the other regenerating – the annihilation of old Asiatic society, and the laying the material foundations of Western society in Asia… When a great social revolution shall have mastered the results of the bourgeois epoch… and subjected them to the common control of the most advanced peoples, then only will human progress cease to resemble that hideous, pagan idol, who would not drink the nectar but from the skulls of the slain.karl marx
Using the image of a snake for the ego he (Ashtavamka asks, you think you are the doer, so has the black serpent of ego bitten you? Whenever you think you must do, he says you have been bitten by the snake of ego. By not doing the doer, you drink the nectar of trust and can be happy.In Manuel Schoch (1 January 2007). Bitten by the Black Snake: The Ancient Wisdom of Ashtavakra. Sentient Publications. p. 35. ISBN 978-1-59181-060-5.
All the heart was full of feeling: love had ripened into speech, Like the sap that turns to nectar, in the velvet of the peach.William Wallace Harney, Adonais.
The Srimad Bhagavatam is the very essence of all the Vedanta literature. One who has enjoyed the nectar of its rasa never has any desire for anything else.R?pagosv?m? (2003), in Twelfth canto of Bhagavat Purana (12.13.15), in The Bhaktiras?m?tasindhu of R?pa Gosv?min, p.65
The bee is enclosed, and shines preserved, in a tear of the sisters of Phaeton, so that it seems enshrined in its own nectar. It has obtained a worthy reward for its great toils; we may suppose that the bee itself would have desired such a death.Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book IV, Epigram 32. (For same idea see Ant, Fly, Spider; also Pope, under Wonders).
So long as you are a slave to the opinions of the many you have not yet approached freedom or tasted its nectar… But I do not mean by this that we ought to be shameless before all men and to do what we ought not; but all that we refrain from and all that we do, let us not do or refrain from merely because it seems to the multitude somehow honorable or base, but because it is forbidden by reason and the god within us.As quoted in The Works of the Emperor Julian (1923) by Wilmer Cave France Wright, p. 47
Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, And hope without an object cannot live.Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Work Without Hope", 1825
I drink deep draughts of its nectar.E. C. Stedman, Heliotrope, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 362.
So long as you are a slave to the opinions of the many you have not yet approached freedom or tasted its nectar… But I do not mean by this that we ought to be shameless before all men and to do what we ought not; but all that we refrain from and all that we do, let us not do or refrain from merely because it seems to the multitude somehow honorable or base, but because it is forbidden by reason and the god within us.Julian, As quoted in The Works of the Emperor Julian (1923) by Wilmer Cave France Wright, p. 47
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